Environmental enforcement privacy notice

This privacy notice is designed to help you understand how and why North Yorkshire Council processes your personal data. This notice should be read in conjunction with our corporate privacy notice.

Who are we?

North Yorkshire Council is a ‘data controller’ as defined by Article 4(7) of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR) and section 32 Data Protection Act 2018.  This notice provides details of how the council collects and uses information about you in order to carry out environmental enforcement activity.

The council has appointed Veritau to be its data protection officer. Their contact details are:

Information Governance Office


West Offices

Station Rise


North Yorkshire


Email: infogov@northyorks.gov.uk

Tel: 01904 552848

What personal information do we collect?

To carry out our enforcement activities we will collect the following information:

  • name and address
  • contact details such as your telephone number and email address
  • vehicle registration number along with details of the registered keeper
  • location of the vehicle at the time of the offence and any other details associated to the offence – some details may contain personal data.
  • any correspondence or associated information associated to any formal enforcement notices.

Why do we collect your personal information?

Your personal data is collected to allow us to carry out enforcement activities in relation to environmental issues such as dog fouling, fly tipping, littering and untaxed and abandoned vehicles. Further information can be found within the council’s enforcement policy.

Who do we obtain your information from?

Most of the personal information we process is provided to us directly by you for one of the following reasons:

  • to investigate reports of potential offences such as fly-tipping and littering and take relevant enforcement action (e.g. serve a fix penalty notice)
  • to comply with a legal requirement

On occasion and if applicable, we also receive personal information indirectly from the following sources in the following scenarios:

  • CCTV footage
  • from members of the public who report matters. They may also provide photographic evidence

Who do we share this information with?

The service may be required to share your information with the following third parties:

  • enforcement agencies for example, the environment agency
  • her Majesty’s courts and tribunal services fir the purpose of taking legal action
  • relevant internal service areas within the council for the purpose of investigating the offence including (but not limited to)
    • legal services
    • environmental health

How long do we keep your information for?

We will keep your personal data in accordance with legal requirements up to a maximum of 10 years.

What is our lawful basis for processing your information?

North Yorkshire Council relies on the following legal provisions to process your personal data for law enforcement purposes:

  • Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

Further key pieces of legislation can be found within the ‘primary legislation’ section of the above-mentioned policy.

In the event that the council is pursuing civil penalties rather than criminal, the council will rely on the following provisions.

  • UK GDPR article 6(1)(c) – processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject.
  • UK GDPR article 6(1)(e) – processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller

For more information about how we use your data, including your privacy rights and the complaints process, please see our corporate privacy notice.